Andy Woodman has said in the local press today that the four top Newcastle coaches – Alan Pardew, John Carver, Steve Stone and himself, work together very well as a team, and see each other outside their professional duties.
Newcastle’s four Amigos?
The Newcastle goalkeeping coach has known Alan Pardew since they were both at Crystal Palace, but he didn’t know the two local lads – John Carver and Steve Stone, until he joined Newcastle with Alan almost two years ago.
This is what Andy said today:
“My sense of humor isn’t similar to theirs! I’m much funnier than them.” “John’s the angriest man in the world and Steve’s the most boring man in the world . . . that’s probably why it works!”
“We probably all get on because we’re completely different characters and we all bring something different to the party.” “We really are totally different characters and that’s probably why it works. All joking aside, Steve and John are very, very good coaches and solid guys.”
“What’s unique is that we’re a close coaching team. When I say that I don’t mean just on the pitch, I mean away from football as well. We all get on well.” “I didn’t know John or Steve before I came here but now our families are close as well.”
“That’s a big plus and I can’t think of too many management teams that probably do as many things together out of football that we do.” “It reflects in the way we are. We do the jokey stuff for nufcTV and I think the fans like that – they like the fact we’re a close group.”
“We’re all aware of how this business changes – we know this is the business.” “From a confidence point of view, from managing-director Derek Llambias and owner Mike Ashley it has sent out a message to the fans and to us we’re doing a great job.”
“It’s nice because two years ago when I came here there were probably people here who didn’t know who I was – with just cause.”
We’re sure that one reason the long eight year contracts were given to all four is that they get on so well, and have been very effective so far in taking Newcastle forward.
But we also know that football is all about results, so we hope the four Amigos can keep Newcastle in the top six in the league table this year, so we can be in Europe again next season.
And certainly since Andy arrived he seems to have brought through Tim Krul into the big time, and he also helped get Rob Elliot on Tyneside, and Rob has played extremely well when he’s had a chance in the Newcastle first team this season.
Long may these four rein on Tyneside, because we’ll then know that Newcastle are being successful – which is really what we all want to see.
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